January 16, 2008
On Jan. 29, it will have been a year since 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanized after being so badly injured in the Preakness. Since Barbaro died, the colt's owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, have mulled where they would like to place Barbaro's ashes. Gretchen said yesterday they are getting close to a decision, but are not ready to reveal which way they might be leaning. Churchill Downs, where the colt was so dazzling in the Derby, is one logical destination, especially if the Jacksons want the public to have access to the site.
April 27, 2005 |
Possible Kentucky Derby favorite Afleet Alex worked five furlongs in 59 seconds yesterday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 7 Run for the Roses. The Delaware Park-based colt's fractions were 12 2/5 seconds, 24, 35 2/5, and 46 3/5, with a six-furlong gallop-out in 1 minute, 12 2/5 seconds. It was the fastest workout of the 29 horses going that distance and 1 2/5 seconds better than the second-fastest work. "Everything was exactly what we wanted," trainer Tim Ritchey told Bloodhorse.
November 10, 2001 |
The Kentucky State Veterinarian's office is investigating an unconfirmed case of West Nile virus at Churchill Downs. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager at the state veterinarian's office, told the track that preliminary test results on a horse that was euthanized last month indicated the animal suffered from West Nile virus, Churchill Downs said in a statement last night. Further tests were being conducted to confirm the diagnosis, and results should be available in a week to 10 days, the statement said.
March 3, 2009 |
Nearly a year after the first fatal injury at America's most famous horse race, Churchill Downs announced yesterday it is beefing up safety requirements ahead of this year's Kentucky Derby. The company is enacting more than 20 changes, ranging from enhanced drug testing to limits on whips and racing ages, in time for the start of the spring meet at its signature track in Louisville, Ky. Other Churchill-owned tracks, including Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.; Calder Race Course in Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, will follow by next year.
April 2, 2009 |
Horse racing fans may hear the bugler's "Call to the Post" under the lights for the first time at Churchill Downs. The home of the Kentucky Derby is hoping to bring in temporary lights to experiment with 3 nights of racing for the upcoming spring meet. Churchill is seeking approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which meets next Tuesday. Track spokesman John Asher said yesterday that Churchill wants to "test the waters" with nighttime racing June 19 and June 26 - both Fridays - and Thursday, July 2. First post would be 6 p.m., and the 11 races each night would continue until about 11 p.m., he said.
June 16, 1997 |
Every horse that races at Churchill Downs will have a full exam, including an endoscopic search of its nostrils for sponges, the Kentucky Racing Commission decided yesterday during an emergency meeting in Frankfort. The meeting was called after Churchill officials found a sponge in the nostril of Early Conquest before a race Thursday and in both nostrils of Class O Lad on Saturday. Both horses were the favorites in their races, and both came up short on the track. "It was a surprise and obviously bothersome to the racing community," said Bernie Hettel, the Kentucky Racing Commission's executive director and chief steward.
November 3, 2011 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the final days before the 2006 Kentucky Derby, Michael Matz could not contain his enthusiasm for Barbaro's chances. The colt looked so good on the track in the mornings that the trainer just knew Barbaro was sitting on the race of his life. No horse can glow quite as Barbaro did that spring, but when Union Rags arrived on the Churchill Downs surface yesterday at 8:30 a.m., the unbeaten 2-year-old looked plenty good enough. With the glare of the track's lights shining down on them, dozens of Breeders' Cup horses were on the track by 6 a.m. Matz waited for the sun until he brought the big horse out of Barn 22. With exercise rider Peter Brette aboard, Union Rags trailed stablemate Somali Lemonade as they walked around the outside of the track past the finish line to the paddock entrance.
March 15, 1997 |
How fast is Pulpit, the newest racetrack sensation and future book Kentucky Derby favorite? So fast that only seven colts will face him in today's $500,000 Florida Derby, which equals the smallest field in 15 years. So fast that some rival trainers are just hoping for the second-place money of $95,000. So fast that, as a 2-year-old, Pulpit outran his bones and had to be taken out of training before he seriously hurt himself. Up to 30,000 spectators are expected at Gulfstream Park when the undefeated bay colt goes to post (Channel 6, 4:47 p.m.)
October 8, 2000 |
As one of the shortest-priced favorites ever to compete in a stakes race at Philadelphia Park, Jostle drew away to a 4 1/2-length victory yesterday in the $200,000 Cotillion Handicap. The result was no surprise but just what her trainer had hoped for in preparation for the biggest test of her career. Jostle, the nation's leading 3-year-old filly, is stabled at Philadelphia Park, but she was making her first appearance there. Jostle, under Mike Smith, circled the field on the final turn with an impressive acceleration and fought off Gold For My Gal in the stretch to win the Grade II stakes.